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I love it!! If only every forum operated by this simple set of concepts....
I'm a Colorado native now residing in Texas. I chased the oilfield here, and now I, my wife, and my two kids live just East of San Antonio. Not a terrible place if you like sand burrs, scorpions, and crappy tasting water.
I've been married ten years. We've got a five year old boy, and a four year old girl. A German Shepherd, two cats, and four trucks - all diesel. 'Merica! I'm an ex-Marine, ex-construction company owner turned oil field. I work as a wireline engineer helping extract the hydrocarbons that the entire world runs on. As far as my beliefs go, I'm "pro-normal person", and "anti-head up your butt". I'll go no further into detail. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I'm a generally non-abrasive grown-up for the most part sometimes. But enough about me.
It's a "Wrangler" from Old Country BBQ Pits. Most of you guys have heard of them. They are at a super price point for heavy and rugged construction. It's not too big, and it weighs a lot. It's got big steel wheels and a big stack. Looks like a locomotive. I had to turn a couple down before I chose this one, because the fab work was.....lacking.....on the other ones. I had to keep making the workers open grills until I found one that didn't look like it was built by a blind drunk four-year-old. Yes, it's made in Mexico. Right across the border. I didn't like making them open one after the other, but when I saw the good one they were very surprised at it's quality compared to the others. Night and day. Lots of people buy these online, sight unseen. I'd be scared to do that without kicking the tires first. On a scale of 1 - 10, I got a solid 9. The others were 1 -3 at best. Odd how they all came from the same place.
At any rate, it's a beast. Should last forever until I buy a bigger, more expensive one. It's outside right now burning the Pam off. I pressure washed it first, and then added the thermometer. Then I sprayed the inside with Pam and let 'er rip. I started a small charcoal fire in the box, and waited for it to get burning good. Then I started a chimney full and gave it about ten minutes before I dumped it in. After that, I closed the lids, opened the intake, and watched the temp climb. Just with that small amount of charcoal, I was resting at 400* in about 20 minutes. Not bad.
I grew up with wood heat, and can control fire, but I'm a total novice at smoking. My next step is to get on the 5 day program. In the meantime, of course, I'll be trying to cook!!
I've been lurking here a bit, and I'm surprised at the level of kindness exhibited on this forum. Good for you. I'm glad to be here.